That Time a Sniper Murdered a Shopkeeper on Orchard Street [HISTORY]

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 at 5:13 am by

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Photo: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

As controversial owner-developer Ben Shaoul constructs his ten-story condo-plex at 196 Orchard Street, we thought it fitting to exhume some of the criminal history behind this high-profile Lower East Side corner.

It was April 1934, and Mrs. Yetta Einhorn, 40, was standing in the doorway of her husband’s “cut-rate” bread shop at 198 Orchard Street. She had finished a sale and waked the customer out, according to a New York Times dispatch. That’s when a bullet struck and killed her. Einhorn’s last words were, “somebody shot me.”

Corroborated by the above photo, a crowd of gawkers from the “thickly populated” block between Houston and Stanton gathered at the scene to assess the situation.

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Detectives first thought the casualty was part of a “rate war” with her husband’s baker competition. But they later determined the culprit as a “sniper” who had fired off additional rounds nearby the night prior. The .22-caliber rifle bullet “passed through the left shoulder blade from the rear and ranged downward, touching the heart.”

This passage from the article still rings true, as sensitized denizens of a bustling city – “the neighborhood was not excited by the previous shots, witnesses declared, because most of the persons who had heard them dismissed them as automobile backfires.”

The same block today…

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